Feldman signs with Talladega College
by LaVonte Young
TALLADEGA‑ Jordin Feldman signed a scholarship with the Talladega College Lady Tornadoes’ basketball team in Callahan Gymnasium on Tuesday morning. The Oregon native is the final of nine players to sign for the 2013-14 recruiting class.

“I am really excited,” Feldman said. “It seems like a really good program. I have talked to a few of the girls and they are really nice -I get along with all of them. I really like the coaches.”

Moving across country is one of the reasons that attracted Feldman to Talladega College. She said Alabama is very similar to Oregon.

“I wanted to move far away like to the East coast,” Feldman said. “Down here is almost exactly like being in Oregon, but more humid and hotter.”

TC head coach Romeo Lagmay is excited about the skill set that Feldman is going to bring to the Lady Tornadoes this upcoming season.

“Jordin Feldman comes from a real good community college, Clackamas Community College,” Lagmay said. “They are real successful there. She has a twin sister and they are both very good. We tried to get both of them, but Jordin seems to be more of the physical one that can bang under the boards. She is very fast, she can trap like a guard, and she had a lot of stick backs off rebounds. So I am expecting her physicalness, her IQ of the game to really contribute to the game this year. She is definitely going to get a lot of playing time this year. We have three posts: we have Sadie out of Texas, we have a big girl out of Africa, so she (Feldman) is going to be the more experienced one out of the three. As a junior college player she should have more of the immediate impact. The girl from Africa only knows African basketball. Sadie is a freshman, so she doesn’t have any experience, which leaves Jordin being the only one with some collegiate experience.”

The 6-foot-1 power forward said her favorite aspect of the game is playing defense.

“I like fast breaks, because I am a fast player,” she said. “I like trapping people and I like defense the best.”

Feldman prefers defense, but that doesn’t mean that she can’t score. Last season, she averaged 9.8 points per game as a sophomore at Clackamas Community College. She scored a season high 28 points against Columbia Basin. She scored in double digits 12 times, which included three games where she scored 21 points or more.

Lagmay said that he plans to add muscle to Feldman’s frame during their off season program, which starts in August.

“She is my second recruit out of Oregon,” Lagmay said. “We just have to stock her up a little bit. She has a thin frame, but it really doesn’t show on the court. She is wiry, but she is a strong wiry.”

Lagmay started his coaching career in California, and he is very familiar with the talented basketball players that come out of Oregon.

“With me being from the West coast, I always hit up Oregon,” he said. “There is some good basketball there, so Clackamas is funny because when I was coaching high school ball I sent a boys varsity basketball player to Clackamas. I am familiar with that area. I actually got recruited by Southwest Oregon Community College in Coos Bay. I had a lot of friends from the neighborhood that went to Oregon and attended schools out there. So I was familiar with the school and they have had success there. With the knowledge over there and transitioning here she should be OK.”

This year’s signing class addressed some of the depth issues that the Lady Tornadoes had in the backcourt and it also addressed their needs in the post.

“Overall, this is the best depth in every position I’ve had in all my years as a head coach,” Lagmay said. “We have nine newcomers whom I’m really comfortable and pleased in each attitudes pertaining to basketball and academics. I was fortunate enough to spend quality time with everyone’s families, understanding each other’s philosophies and goals.”

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